Hi, I’m Dr. Lakisha Simmons (Dr. Kisha) and I am the first tenured African American in the Analytics department and Belmont University Massey College of Business. When I received tenure in 2017 I was one of only 51 female, African-American Information Systems business school professors in the U.S. I've been awarded the Rising Star Award by CABLE, 40 Under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal, Nashville Emerging Leader in Education by the Nashville Chamber of Commerce and Susan Short Jones Emerging Leaders Award by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc Metro Nashville Chapter. But at the core, I'm a first generation college student, tenured professor of analytics, and financially independent AchieveHer (TM).
I’m not from a "wealthy" family. But I had to shift my mindset and develop grit and hustle to get here. But when I learned that financial freedom could be as simple as shifting from saving to investing, everything changed for me. I achieved financial independence not because of my salary, but rather because I have been saving 60% of my take home pay for several years. It’s a decision I made to invest versus over spend.
I’m CEO of BRAVE Consulting LLC, an empowerment training company, an associate professor of information systems with over 40 peer reviewed scholarly works, Six Sigma Black Belt, app founder, executive director of The Achiever Academy and living my best and most prosperous life. Let's get started!